Why Tech Contractor Roles Aren’t Going Anywhere

In 2018, the contract workforce is thriving. An NPR/Marist poll found that one in five jobs in the U.S. is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. This contract trend is especially robust in the tech industry.

How Did the Contract Employment Model Happen? The Great Recession of 2008 During the recession, employers started hiring workers on a contract basis. Companies went to this strategy to combat economic uncertainty. At the same time, with unemployment rising, employees who once held traditional roles were open to considering this new type of employment. As the economy recovered, businesses saw a benefit to this type of staffing model given the increased flexibility to hire talent for present conditions without necessarily making commitments for the longer term.

Technology Provided the Tools: Teleworking Ability While employment markets and business models changed, […]

Want a Better Salary? Learn Skills and Forget Languages

Historically, tech professionals have thought of acquiring more programming languages to increase their value. However, in today’s job market, that logic may be outdated.

Out with the Old, In with the New Technical Skills While knowledge of specific programming languages used to be the box check needed to land a new job, the focus is now more on skills for specific tasks for emerging, growth fueled practice areas.

Artificial Intelligence AI is taking the world by storm. More and more industries, including those outside traditional tech companies, are focusing on AI and ways to incorporate it into their day-to-day operations. Knowledge around machine learning, data mining and data analytics are essential in this new, emerging skill set.

Cyber Security As breaches and cyberattacks dominate news cycles, employers will look for candidates who are well versed in information security principles and protocols. Knowledge of network security, firewalls and penetration testing […]

Where Are the Newest Emerging Tech Hubs?

As with real estate, tech hubs are all about location, location, location. Over the past 20 years, the central tech hubs included Silicon Valley and Seattle with the most recent push including Boston and New York. However, with the skyrocketing cost of living in these primary tech cities, tax changes due to the recent tax reform legislation, and with many smaller locales rolling out the welcome mat (with tax advantages and other relocation incentives for tech companies) times are changing.

The Top 6 Emerging Tech Hubs While traditionally tech hubs have been thought to be in the pacific northwest and in northeast cities, areas in the south are now starting to gain popularity. This can be attributed to state and local efforts to attract corporate partners, affordability and weather.

Hub # 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Average tech salary: $97,415

Population:  1,567,872

Come for the cheesesteak and the Super Bowl-winning Eagles, […]

Is Blockchain a Lucrative Career or Just Hype?

With the rise and fall of bitcoin values being a part of daily news reports, it begs the question; “Is blockchain a valuable tool for career advancement and opportunity, or is it just a fad?” Is learning this new emerging tech, Blockchain, any more a gamble than the currency it was first used for? 

What Is Blockchain? Blockchain technology allows for recording transactions for digital assets. The technology itself is hard, if not impossible to manipulate, making it a secure way to keep transactional data. Blockchain is especially useful for data that doesn’t originate with a traditional ‘trusted source,’ such as a government organization or financial institution.

How Does Blockchain Function Within Bitcoin Since bitcoin and other crypto-currencies aren’t backed by a government or lender, there needs to be a way to record who owns what; this is where blockchain comes in.  Blockchain allows these nontraditional currencies to be […]

Avoid things that annoy interviewers the most

Being in this industry for the past 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of candidates and facilitated more interviews than I liked to count. Even though it’s my job to stay abreast of in-demand IT jobs, I find it just as useful to share some of things that keep candidates from getting these jobs. That’s right; candidates can ruin a job interview within the first 20 minutes of an interview. Of course, some of these reasons are not necessarily deal-breakers, but they’re justifiable reasons as to why these candidates are not an employer’s top choice.

1. Dressing inappropriately. I know, in this day and time, you would think that most people would know the do’s and don’ts of interview attire. However, you would be amazed at the comments I’ve seen regarding a candidate’s attire or lack thereof. Just a few side notes; don’t wear anything that has glitter, makes it […]